ALHR comment on reports of ADF killing of civilians

posted on April 11, 2018

13 July 2017 Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is seriously concerned about reports of alleged breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) by members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) operating in Afghanistan. An ALHR spokesperson said, “the reports published yesterday by the ABC are deeply shocking. Allegations that reckless and negligent behavior of Australian … Read More >>

Parliamentary Committee Recommendations Not Enough to Fix Turnbull Government’s Russia Style ‘Gag Law’

posted on April 11, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed a Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters report which recognises serious flaws in the Turnbull Government’s “gag law” Bill. However, the country’s leading association of human rights lawyers fears the amendments recommended by the Committee do not go far enough to address the very serious human … Read More >>

Legal Experts Alarmed at Rule of Law Crisis on Nauru

posted on April 7, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is alarmed by the rule of law crisis on Nauru, but has applauded the decision of the Chief Justice to tonight extend bail for political protestors whose planned appeal to the High Court was thwarted by the termination of a treaty between Australia and Nauru that previously provided for … Read More >>

Human Rights of Millions Threatened By Turnbull Government Identity Matching Bills

posted on March 21, 2018

In a submission to the Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has expressed serious concerns regarding the provisions of the proposed Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity- matching Services) Bill 2018. ALHR’s Acting President, Kerry Weste said, “We are shocked that the time frame … Read More >>

Turnbull Government must publicly reject attacks within its ranks on the human rights of women and girls’

posted on March 20, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed statements by Defence Minister Marise Payne, speaking on behalf of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reaffirming Australia’s commitment to its partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation. However, ALHR has also called on the Federal Government to do more to ensure that Australia is meeting its international obligations … Read More >>

Assistant Minister for Children Slammed as “Out of Touch with Children’s Rights”

posted on March 19, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is deeply concerned by the comments of Assistant Minister for Children, David Gillespie, that the interests of Indigenous children might be better served through adoption outside of their culture, rather than being placed within their communities. Dr Amy Maguire Co-Chair of ALHR’s Indigenous Rights Committee said, “As a signatory … Read More >>

Call for national funding and abortion decriminalisation in all Australian States and Territories.

posted on February 21, 2018 Abortion law reform

Human rights lawyers react to Labor’s Tasmanian abortion pledge with a call for national action and decriminalisation in all Australian States and Territories. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has reacted to today’s policy announcement by Tanya Plibersek that a Federal Labor government would fund access to surgical abortions for Tasmanians by calling on all … Read More >>

Proposed Turnbull Government Legislation Slammed for Diminishing Australia’s Democracy

posted on February 8, 2018

Leading human rights experts say measures will severely restrict freedom of speech and political communication. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has slammed the the provisions of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017. ALHR is concerned that the Bills far exceed their … Read More >>

ALHR urges major reforms to Australia’s primary complaints body for dealing with corporate human rights abuses

posted on January 30, 2018

In June 2017 the Federal Government commissioned an Independent Review of Australia’s primary complaints body for dealing with corporate human rights abuses, the OECD Australian National Contact Point (ANCP). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Final Report of the Independent Review published in December 2017. The ANCP, currently housed in The Treasury, was … Read More >>

Positive steps towards an annual modern slavery reporting requirement for large entities in Australia

posted on January 30, 2018

During last year’s Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, the Government outlined a proposal to require large corporations operating in Australia to publish annual statements outlining their actions to address modern slavery throughout their business and supply chains. The Walk Free Foundation has estimated there are up to 40.3 million victims of … Read More >>